Traditional songs for guitar and other instruments

Chords, lyrics, tablature and standard notation for traditional songs. Presented with images, pdf:s and sounds alongside playing instructions and song facts.

Traditional songs have often lived across generations and in various versions. Famous traditional songs have often an older source to which melody a never lyrics have been written. Several genres such as hymns, folk ballads, spirituals, patriotic song and Christmas carols are among these. The other thing that distinguish traditional songs is that they are public domain, thus not protected by copyright (although arrangements of traditional songs are subject to copyright, which means the arrangements published cannot be republished without permission).

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All songs

Tabs, notes, melody, chords and lyrics for a collection of tradtional songs for guitar.

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Beginner songs

A collection of traditional songs especially chosen for beginners.

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Christmas songs

A collection of Christmas carols from around the world.

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Children's songs

A collection of popular Children's songs with tabs, notes, chords and lyrics.

All songs

A list of all traditional songs on this site so far (click on a table header to filter a column):

Title Instrument Category Chords & lyrics
Amazing Grace Guitar Hymn Yes
Jingle Bells Guitar, Flute Christmas Yes
Oh My Darling, Clementine Guitar, Flute, Ukulele Folk ballad Yes
500 Miles Guitar, Ukulele Folk Yes
The House of the Rising Sun Guitar Folk Yes
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Guitar, Flute Children Yes
When the Saints Go Marching In Guitar Spiritual Yes
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Guitar Hymn Yes
Deck the Halls Guitar, Flute Christmas Yes
God Save the Queen Guitar National anthem No
Angels We Have Heard on High Guitar, Flute Christmas Yes
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Guitar Christmas Yes
The Star-Spangled Banner Guitar, Flute National anthem Yes
America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee) Guitar Patriotic song Yes
Yankee Doodle Guitar, Flute, Ukelele Traditional song Yes
O Tannenbaum Guitar Christmas Yes
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air) Guitar, Flute Traditional song No
Auld Lang Syne Guitar, Flute, Ukelele Traditional song Yes
Beautiful Dreamer Guitar Traditional song Yes
La Marseillaise Guitar, Flute National anthem No
Michael Row the Boat Ashore Guitar Spiritual No
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton Guitar Traditional song No
Old Black Joe Guitar Spiritual No
Red Wing Guitar Bluesgrass Lyrics
Silent Night Guitar, Flute Christmas Yes
Banks of the Ohio Guitar, Flute Folk ballad Yes
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Guitar Christmas Yes
St. James Infirmary Blues Guitar Blues song Yes
Au clair de la lune Guitar, Flute Folk song Yes
Home on the Range Guitar Traditional song Yes
Shenandoah Guitar Folk song Yes
Morning Has Broken Guitar Hymn No
Aura Lee Guitar, Ukelele Traditional song Yes
O Come All Ye Faithful Guitar Christmas Yes

More songs will be added, stay tuned.

Categories & alternative tunings

Choose from genres and categories:
Spiritual songs | Christian hymns | Folk songs | National anthems

Songs available in alternate tunings:
Drop D tuning | Open G tuning